View from the Mounds Lookout

Photography, at least for me, is a way to live a richer life. Life is busy, it is a fact. It gets even busier when you decide to run a trip for 20 people up to Tongariro National Park. A task which would have been very difficult on my own, but thanks to great friends it was much easier. Making time for photography is a decision, a choice, which involves do one thing and not doing others. Often with landscape photography the choice is getting up while the rest of the world sleeps.

But those choices, consistently over time lead to things I could never even dream of. They lead to a deeper appreciation of our world and great friends. As we get nearer to mental health week, it also worth noting the mental health benefits they bring.

As I mentioned, last week Kelly and I, along with Louise Knight and Rachelle Johnston led a trip to Tongariro National Park for the Manawatu Camera Club. The weekend had a lot of highlights but also a lot challenges due to the current restrictions with the pandemic. It was a weekend that was very busy for me, where if I am honest I didn't sleep much. Where a group of us got up at 2.30am for sunrise on the Saturday. A trip where I learned from mistakes in the past and used that to make this a better trip both for me and hopefully everyone else. A trip where we will learn from to make the next trip even better.

There is a philosophy around sowing and reaping. Not everything you sow will turn out perfect, it's a fact. But if you don't sow, then you guarantee the outcome. I heard a photographer say yesterday, we don't fail when the sunrise or sunset doesn't hit the high note we hoped for, we strike out. When a baseball player strikes out, they learn, work on their technique, then step out to the plate again for their next opportunity. Through that sowing, learning and investing, good things come.

The image below is the first I want to share from the trip. Why is it the first? First of all it's not shot at sunrise, but I really like the feel of this. The way the atmosphere and weather feel as it moves over the landscape. There is a school of thought that says images like these, where the volume is a little lower if you like (some call this kind of light quiet light) are easier to hang on the wall. Secondly, I have always liked the feel of stitched panoramas like this. Captured with a telephoto lens (100-400mm), I like the perspective and detail in the image, an image which could not be created with a wide angle lens.

Being a stitched panorama, brings another benefit, size. This image could be printed 1.5 meters wide at 300 dpi. Printed on canvas at 180 dpi, this image could go up to 3 meters wide. If you would love it on your wall contact us and we can talk. To all who came on the trip with us, thanks. To Vicky O'Connor thanks for the idea of heading out to the mounds at 8am 🙂 I look forward to the next one.

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